College Football Notes – Oct. 28, 2019

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, October 28th, 2019

Dozens of area sports teams and charitable agencies came to the aid of the Dallas (Texas) Independent School District, which has six schools destroyed or heavily damaged by a tornado Oct. 20, and especially Dallas Thomas Jefferson High School. The NFL Dallas Cowboys, SMU, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, and others provided equipment, funds and moral support for the young team, which played Dallas Spruce HS last Saturday for Homecoming weekend against famed Dallas Spruce HS. The Cowboys sent their famed Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders and team mascot Rowdy to the game while NFF College Hall of Fame lineman Charles Haley of James Madison addressed both squads on the healing power of playing football before the skirmish. The Patriots have one of the smaller student bodies from which to obtain football student-athletes in the Dallas school system and have started the year at 0-8 after a series of injuries and a rugged district schedule. Stadium TV football and basketball broadcaster Mark Followill also lost several trees in his Northwest Dallas front year and some damage to his home among the record $2 billion in property loss in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts

Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Oct. 28-Nov. 3 time period are Oct. 29 (1881) John DeWitt, Phillipsburg, N.J.; (1923) Barney Poole, Gloster, Miss.; (1888) Leroy Mercer, Kennett Square, Pa.; (1931) Ad Rutschman, Hillsboro, Ore.; (1950) Jim LeClair, St. Paul, Minn.; (1958) Joe Delaney, Henderson, Texas; (1967) Ty Detmer, San Marcos, Texas; Oct. 31 (1880) Charlie Daly, Roxbury, Mass.; (1897) Wilbur Henry, Mansfield, Ohio; (1900) Cal Hubbard, Keytesville, Mo.; (1924) Marcelino Huerta, Tampa, Fla.; (1962) Bill Fralic, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Nov. 1 (1876) James Hogan, County Tipperary, Ireland; (1911) Slade Cutter, Oswego, Ill.; (1926) John Gagliardi, Trinidad, Colo.; (1947) Tom Curtis, Cleveland, Ohio; (1947) Ted Hendricks, Guatemala City, Guatemala; Nov. 2 (1903) Myles Lane, Melrose, Mass.; (1928) Leon Hart, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1959) Mark May, Oneonta, N.Y.; Nov. 3 (1893) Charley Barrett, Bellevue, Pa.; (1908) Bronko Nagurski, Rainey River, Ontario, Canada; (1937) Jim Houston, Massillon, Ohio; (1967) Kirk Baumgartner, Colby, Wis.

Note: No NFF College Hall of Fame members were born or passed away on the dates of Oct. 21 or 28.


Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Oct. 30 (1933) Charles Rinehart, Alliance, Neb.; (1998) Clyde “Bulldog” Turner, Gatesville, Texas; (2009) Forest Evashevski, Petoskey, Mich.; (2016) John Hicks, Columbus, Ohio; Nov. 1 (1999) Walter Payton, So. Barrington, Ill.; Nov. 2 (1973) Greasy Neale, Lake Worth, Fla.


Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Oct. 29 Ad Rutschman (a spry 88 and grandfather of 2019 Dick Howser Trophy winner and former Oregon State kicker Adley Rutschman), Jim LeClair, Ty Detmer, Oct. 31 Bill Fralic, Nov. 1 John Gagliardi (a spry 93), Tom Curtis, Ted Hendricks, Nov. 2 Mark May, Nov. 3 Kirk Baumgartner…

East Carolina’s contract for a game at Michigan in 2023 was detailed publicly…Hawai’i will travel to Michigan in 2022 game and will host New Mexico State in 2021…Michigan has cancelled a home-and-home series with UCLA in 2022 and 2023 while replacing the Bruins with Hawai’i and East Carolina. The Wolverines also added to their rivalry with Notre Dame with matchups in 2033 and 2034…Middle Tennessee will host former Ohio Valley Conference rival Austin Peay in 2025…UCLA is seeking one opponent in 2022 and 2023 to replace Michigan on those non-conference slates…As part of long-term Big 12 Conference scheduling agreements, Texas will travel to Oklahoma State the Friday or Saturday after Thanksgiving for the 2020 regular-season finale for both teams. The Longhorns have play a combination of TCU and Texas Tech teams at home two out of every three years from 2012-18…Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will play their traditional Bedlam Game at an earlier date than usual in 2020 on Oct. 24…Baylor and TCU are top-loaded with two of the toughest early Big 12 slates if current records are assessed…The 2009 Iowa State 9-7 win over Nebraska from 10 years ago was remembered for its defensive domination on both sides and eight turnovers by the homestanding Huskers. Both teams were competing in the Big 12 Conference at that time and had been in the Big Six/Seven/Eight/12 Conferences from 1928-2012…The winner of Rice-Southern Miss matchup had scored 41 or more points in eight consecutive meetings from 2011-18, and USM has captured the last five skirmishes with the Owls after a 20-6 defensive struggle at Houston last week…Iowa State had won five consecutive Big 12 home games for the first time in school history before falling to Oklahoma State Oct. 26…SMU had a streak of seven straight 40-plus scoring performances snapped but still held on edge Houston 34-31 last Thursday in a nationally televised (ESPN) clash. The Mustangs now own their most wins in a season (8-0) since 1985 and are 8-0 for the first time since 1982 when the team closed 11-0-1…Air Force had 45:43 time of possession to Utah State’s 14:17 in a 31-7 Mountain West Conference victory that made AFA bowl eligible for the 12th time in the last 20 seasons…Kansas State’s ball control offense was responsible for the Wildcats edging then-No. 5 Oklahoma for the first time in Manhattan, Kan., since 1996 as the Sooners average a whopping, 9.4 yards per play on offense…New Mexico athletics is assessing several areas of its football program entering the final weeks of ’19…SMU (8-0) and Baylor (7-0) are off to a combined 15-0 record for the first time in the history of the two former longtime Southwest Conference rivals. Baylor also continues to lead the Big 12 Conference with 3.6 team sacks per outing.


The Princeton Review rated Auburn with the happiest students of any American college campus while Vanderbilt’s smiling students were ranked No. 2 in this category…Texas Wesleyan football is hosting Educator Appreciation Day and Be Relevant Day Saturday at 2 p.m. (CDT) in Fort Worth, Texas, as the Rams host Arizona Christian…Oklahoma’s famed Sooner Schooner is being reconstructed after a rollover during the OU-West Virginia game and should make its active debut again during Oklahoma’s spring football game in April. The current schooner will be on static display for the remaining 2019 home clashes.


Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy was profiled for his longevity in a recent Tulsa, Okla., World article…USF head coach Charlie Strong had his contract details denoted in the Tampa Bay, Fla., Times. Strong will take the Bulls to meet his former employer Texas to open the season on Sept. 5, 2020…Kansas State head coach Chris Klieman’s guidance of K-State to an upset over then-No. 5 Oklahoma was not unexpected. Klieman guided North Dakota State teams to wins over Top Five NCAA FCS opponents four times from 2014-18 in the NCAA Division I championship and was 18-1 in NCAA postseason play over five seasons at NDSU. His career head coaching record is now 77-15 for six seasons, and the Wildcats need one more victory to gain 2019 bowl eligibility…Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck and five Golden Gophers assistants related good times while they were coaching at Rutgers and Western Michigan…Rutgers athletics has been surveying New Jersey high school coaches about their relationships and the possible candidacy of former RU head coach Greg Schiano for the current coaching vacancy…TCU’s all-time winningest head coach Gary Patterson has encouraged his team to play with more confidence as it approaches a rugged stretch of Big 12 encounters, and it showed against Texas, against which the Horned Frogs are 5-1 over the last six years after an upset victory in Fort Worth last week.


Hometowns of more 2019 college head coaches – Newberry: Todd Knight, Boiling Springs, N.C.; New Hampshire: Sean McDonnell, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; New Mexico: Bob Davie, Sewickley, Pa.; New Mexico Highlands: Marty Fine, Union, N.Y.; New Mexico State: Doug Martin, Oak Ridge, Tenn.


Florida director of athletics Scott Stricklin is preparing to bunker in for the first College Football Playoff Top 25 rankings’ announcement on ESPN Tuesday, Nov. 5…Florida A&M AD John Eason is stepping down from his position…East Carolina is awaiting on final contract details for AD Jeff Compher…Tennessee State director of athletics Teresa Witherspoon Phillips announces is retiring effective June 30, 2020…Texas A&M AD Ross Bjork spoke about the football program and a possible renewal of the Texas-Texas A&M football with the Dallas Morning News…Former U.S. Naval Academy superintendent Ted Carter is the new president at Nebraska…Nebraska AD Bill Moos has expressed a desire to retain NU’s traditional uniforms and not utilize any alternate jerseys or helmets…SMU AD Rick Hart spoke of the possibility of adding a 12th member to the American Athletic Conference after the NCAA granted the American a waiver to hold a championship game with 11 members competing in 2020 football.


The Big Ten Conference had four schools start the season at 6-0 for the first time since 1904…The Northwestern-Ohio State Big Ten contest on Friday, Oct. 18, was lauded by many fan and media for comparably easy access to parking and stadium seats despite the rugged Chicago and Evanston, Ill., rush hour traffic conditions…The Pac-12 and Southeastern Conferences are working with officiating crews to maintain maximum accuracy as league races move into critical, November dates.


The Goodyear Cotton Bowl is preparing UPS shipments to season ticket holders for the 2019 Classic and has hundreds of entries for the 23rd annual Cotton Bowl Athletics Association Grade School Art Contest throughout the greater Dallas area…There are 31 bowl eligible teams for the initial 80 bowl berths prior to the College Football Playoff championship encounter. Another 25 NCAA FBS schools are on the verge of qualifying with five wins through games of Oct. 28…There are still seven undefeated (all bowl eligible) FBS teams entering games of Oct. 29-Nov. 2…The New Mexico Bowl is no longer associated with former title sponsor Dream House.


Iowa standouts RB Mekhi Sargent, OT Tristian Wirfs, DB Michael Ojemuda, and DT Alaric Jackson have been mentioned as solid All-Big Ten Conference candidates…Texas Wesleyan punter Gregory Blaser was Sooner Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the week after bottling up Wesleyan opponent Texas College deep in its territory throughout a modern-record 61-37 win by the Rams over TC…After rushing for a career-high 220 yards (eighth-most in a game in MU history) and two touchdowns, including the game-winner, in a win at Florida Atlantic, Marshall sophomore RB Brenden Knox was Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week while the Special Teams Player of the Week award was North Texas sophomore PK Ethan Mooney, who had four field goals, including the game-winner as time expired in the Mean Green’s 33-30 win over Middle Tennessee…Southern Miss senior KR D’Michael Harris had a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown at Conference USA rival Louisiana Tech. That allowed gave USM a school-record three kickoff returns for TDs this year – the most by any NCAA FBS team in ‘19.  It also was the second time this season that a Golden Eagle returned a kickoff 100 yards (along with Jaylond Adams vs. Troy) and the seventh time in the Southern Miss annals. The Golden Eagles have started two games with kickoff returns for touchdowns in ‘19 with the other sprint against Alcorn State…Amik Robertson picked off three passes to lead the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs over Southern Miss, and the national leader in passes defended became just the third player in Tech school history to have three interceptions in one game. It also earned him the FWAA Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week…SMU wide receiver Reggie Roberson Jr. was the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week and American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week after making eight catches for a career-high 250 receiving yards and touchdowns of 75, 60, and 33 yards in the Mustangs 45-21 win over Temple. Roberson later had to leave the SMU-Houston game with an undetermined injury but is among FBS national leaders in average per catch and touchdowns…The Augusta Sports Council and the Ray Guy Award named Devin Anctil of Kansas State as the Ray Guy Award Punter of the Week against TCU after he kicked seven times with a 49-yard average with no returns or touchbacks by the Frogs…WR KJ Hamler of Penn State had 86 all-purpose yards and two receiving two touchdowns in Penn State’s Big Ten Conference victory over Michigan… Memphis QB Brady White had 358 yards and five touchdown passes against Tulane to reach 5,000 passing yards in his 21st collegiate contest. He also began the week as Memphis’ fourth all-time aerial artist with 44 career touchdowns…Baylor safety JT Woods is having an All-Big 12 Conference season as the Bears approach a key Thursday Big 12 matchup at home with West Virginia…Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond fired for a personal-best five touchdown passes last Saturday against Mississippi State…North Texas RB Tre Siggers rushed for 131 yards after returning from an earlier injury at Charlotte in the first football meeting of the two programs last weekend…The National College Football Awards Association’s Davey O’Brien Award is set to denote its semifinalists named Wednesday, Nov. 13…TCU freshman LB Wyatt Harris has received praise from Horned Frogs coaches for his vast improvement since August workouts and his game performances…Clemson DB Andrew Booth Jr. missed the opening half of the Clemson-Boston College game for an altercation in the CU-Louisville clash one week earlier but did not receive additional sanctions…The NCFAA’s Doak Walker Award will release its semifinalists Wednesday, Nov. 20…TCU transfer Kendric Davis and California transfer Darius McNeill are awaiting NCAA eligibility reports on their 2019-20 playing status at SMU…Kansas State’s Shaun Williams is working to regain his playing status…Minnesota offensive lineman Micah Roane is seeking a new playing location for 2020…Nebraska RB Maurice Washington has left the program and is looking for a 2020 football competition home.


NFF College Hall of Fame player Andre Ware, the 1989 Heisman Trophy winner NFF College Hall of Fame player joined then-head coach John Jenkins and Houston Cougars teammates last Thursday for a 30-year remembrance of the ’89 Cougars prior to the UH-SMU ESPN contest…Forrest Gregg of SMU is celebrated each year at Gerald Prim Stadium in his hometown of Sulphur Springs, Texas, with a commemorative plaque near the stadium’s entrance…University of Calgary (Canada) QB Greg Vavra was named to the Canada West College Hall of Fame as part of the 100-year anniversary of collegiate sports in Western Canada…Going into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame on Nov. 18 in Fort Worth, Texas, at a gala luncheon are Arkansas’ Jeff King, Baylor’s Mark Adickes, Houston’s Leroy Burrell, Rice’s Courtney Hall, SMU’s Gary Hammond, Texas’ Tony Brackens, Texas A&M’s Lisa Branch, TCU’s Charlie Davis, and Texas Tech’s James Gray…Former high school football game official and 21-year Major League Baseball umpire Andy Fletcher will be inducted into the Memphis (Tenn.) Amateur Sports Hall of Fame Dec. 2 at the Hilton Hotel.


North Texas athletics distributed its first set of season basketball tickets for the 2019-20 season last week…Kansas and Missouri men’s basketball teams will renew their six-year contract in the famed Border War rivalry. Most of the recent contests have been played at Kansas City’s Sprint Center…The Greater Dallas-Fort Worth Fellowship of Christian Athletes will have its Sharing the Victory Coaches Appreciation Dinner Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Irving Convention with former California Golden Bears and NFL standout Justin Forsett as guest speaker…The annual Wingspan Gala with the theme Viva North Texas for major fundraising for University of North Texas scholarship programs will be held Saturday, Nov. 16 – 6 p.m. (CST) in the rejuvenated University Union…The Vanderbilt Alumni Association is hosting 30 Vandy chapters networking events with the sixth annual Dallas-Fort Worth Networking Night Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Ginger Man restaurant in Dallas. There is ample discussion scheduled about Vanderbilt football in general and specifically VU athletics at each of these confabs…Auburn has received sound reviews on its new athletics’ logo and brands…LSU set a school record for concessions’ sales in the Tigers game with Florida…Ole Miss became the last Southeastern Conference school to vend public beer and wine (legally) in home games against Texas A&M on Oct. 19. UM fans have celebrated these beverages and fabulous food in The Grove area on campus at tailgates for decades…San Diego State athletics has made a $62.4 million offer for the former San Diego Chargers’ practice site…Vanderbilt football not only upset Missouri for 2019 Homecoming, but alumni of the celebrating classes raised $39 million for VU scholarships and university expenses. Vandy’s Student Communications sector also just completed several studio and office renovations…Abilene Christian continues to enjoy its fourth season in on-campus Anthony Stadium, a 12,000-capacity facility opened in 2016. The Wildcats previous played in historic Shotwell Stadium in Abilene, Texas, from 1959-2016… Stanford is working on improve individual game ticket sales with multiple late-season promotions…Texas A&M AD Ross Bjork spoke about solid revenue increases after public beer and wine sales at Kyle Field over the first five home encounters…LSU’s Board of Supervisors has approved a new turf surface and a $1.3 million renovation to LSU’s football practice facilities.


Award-winning Associated Press Tennessee Regional sports editor and two-time Tennessee Sports Writer of the Year Teresa Walker has been elected to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame…The Boston Globe continues to look at rumors of retirement in 2020 by multi-Super Bowl champion QB Tom Brady of Michigan and the New England Patriots and where his family will live after retirement…Some friends and fans have started a small campaign on social media to have famed public address announcer Chuck Morgan serve as a guest PA person for some future SMU home contests. Morgan was recognized for his distinct and elongated game pronunciation of Steve Buechele of Stanford and Major League Baseball when Buechele played for the American League Texas Rangers. Buechele’s son and Texas graduate transfer QB Shane Buechele is starring as a junior at SMU this autumn. Morgan was PA announcer for Vanderbilt football and basketball as well as minor league baseball before joining the Rangers in the early 1980s…Florida State head coach Willie Taggart was featured in a recent Florida Times-Union story.


Illinois was the FWAA Reveal Suits National Team of the Week after its upset of then-No. 6 Wisconsin 24-23 in Big Ten activity…Geoffrey Hassard of SUNY Oneonta, Zachary Shore of Madonna (Mich.), Danny Kambel of Pacific (Ore.), Bob Behler of Boise State, and Lindsey Olson of SMU were featured subjects and opinion makers in the CoSIDA Open Forum online newsletter…Last week 14 other families pleaded guilty to bribery to allow their children to gain admission to several colleges via alleged sports’ team scholarships while federal courts are expected to press additional charges against coaches who took monetary gifts for the hoaxes. The chair of Hercules Capital has pleaded guilty to charges of false admissions’ applications over several years…The AFCA NAIA Top 25 had the same four teams at the top in successive weeks with Morningside (Iowa), Kansas Wesleyan, Marian (Ind.), and William Penn (Iowa) in the 1-4 positions…The AFCA NCAA Division III survey through games of Oct. 24 had Mary Hardin-Baylor and Mt. Union (Ohio) holding down the top two slots… Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, Kansas, NC State, Ohio State, Southern California, South Carolina, Stanford, and Texas are working with NCAA enforcement and compliance officials concerning possible issues and reports at their respective schools.

2019-20 College Football Playoff Bowl Schedule with New Year’s six(All Games Televised by ESPN, All Times EST) CFP

Saturday, Dec. 28 (CFP Semifinals)PlayStation Fiesta Bowl – State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., 4 or 8 p.m.Chick-Fil-A Bowl, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, 4 or 8 p.m.Monday, Jan. 13 – CFP Championship, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La., 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 28-Jan. 1, 2019-20 (Other New Year’s Six Bowls)Saturday, Dec. 28 – Goodyear Cotton Bowl – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, noon

Monday, Dec. 30 – Capital One Orange Bowl, Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla., 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 1Rose Bowl Presented by Northwestern Mutual, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif., 5 p.m.Allstate Sugar Bowl – Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La., 8:45 p.m.



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